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New Mexico Land Conservancy

Helping people conserve the places they love.


Conservation easements protect:


Helping ensure that our watersheds remain whole and healthy – filtering and replenishing – and that precious, life-giving rivers, streams and other water flows are protected.


Helping protect the natural resources that wildlife depend on: water, habitat, and open space for their migratory corridors and flyways. After all, wildlife – and nature, in general – doesn’t recognize property lines!

Working Lands    

Helping ranchers and farmers keep their properties whole and their heritage preserved, providing food and protecting New Mexico’s open space for public benefit.

Our Vision: One Million Acres Conserved!

Goal: 1,000,000 acres!

291,551 acres conserved!

Land Conservation protects water, too!

Land conservation can play a critical role in ensuring that our watersheds remain whole and healthy. New Mexico Land Conservancy efforts have led to:

Conservation of:

of seasonal waterways

.. . . and an additional:

of perennial rivers and streams

Our new annual record: 70,121 acres conserved in 2019!

(total acres as of 5/2020)

Conserving land. Preserving heritage.

Our goal is to preserve New Mexico’s unique and diverse land heritage for conservation purposes and the benefit of local communities, the public, and future generations.

For Love of the Land

Latest News

A Different Kind of Earth Day

This Earth Day, since we can’t be with you in person, we thought we’d share some success stories recently published in our 2019 Annual Report. From the Lesser Prairie Chicken conservation bank . . . to the White Sands Missile Range buffer zone, NMLC is committed to diverse, creative approaches to real and measurable results where it counts:  on the land!

Dr. Craig Allen video is here!

Place-based ecologist, Dr. Craig Allen, addresses the ‘State and Fate of Mountain Forests in New Mexico and the West’ at NMLC’s first speaker event in January 2020. (Video link here)


A ‘Lek up’ for the Lesser Prairie Chicken in New Mexico!

With their unique sounds and elaborate dance displays, the Lesser Prairie Chicken is one of New Mexico’s iconic reminders of our vanishing grasslands and a species losing ground to development. As construction begins this week on its monumental Sagamore Wind Project in eastern New Mexico, wind developer, Xcel Energy, voluntarily buys mitigation credits in New Mexico’s first Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Bank, the result of a two-year effort by a host of partners including: Common Ground Capital, RiverBank Conservation, Tomahawk CB LLC, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mack Kizer/Lost Draw Ranch, and the New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC).


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